I suggest, us Warriors forget the old-hat seo strategies. How long does it take for us to realise the times have changed?
SEO should be confined to building a site using Google's current recommendations.
A great content value site will be ranked--a site that attempts to fool Google with auto back-links or anything else unnatural--will be slapped, simple as that. It appears Google wants a fair level playing field.
If we do weird seo for our clients yes--they might be high ranked in the first instance after a spider crawl.
I know someone that works for them--the crawl will put a red flag on suspicious sites, for later investigation. That red flag will appear on some Google employees desk, perhaps months later, and anything could happen.
Warrior WSO's are still selling stuff like, "how to get a thousand back-links and be ranked high in Google etc."
Did you know doing that very thing-- might get Warriors Forum slapped? Are we thick or blind to the new truths?
Or still selling old IM crap?
Now as Warriors are currently one of the top IM forum sites in the world--where do you think that Google employee is going to start with his or her research?
IM has to change, not the old style sales-funnels and back-links, but new rich business ideas, that are real and wholesome, and a good practical business.
I don't think Google wants us to depend on them and our ranking for our business. We do our own marketing, offline and on, to build our own business.That might be hard work, but rewarding and relaxing if we know that ranking is not our job.
If we happen to be high on Google? well that's just a secondary prize for having a great site...smiles
Of course we are allowed to advertise, like any business--and pay for it, but that's our marketing choice--business is business!
Perhaps my point is, no business should depend on Google ranking, that is a myth nowadays, and not a Google ambition. You build your own business, and market it yourself,
p.s. perhaps we don't realise--selling seo tricks that are unnatural, might hurt our client eventually.
No, I don't work for Google.